Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mae West: Lustful Embraces

Thank you for spending part of Valentine's Day with the Queen of Sex herself — — MAE WEST!
• • A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's enjoy it together. This is Part 30.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • stricter direction • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   A few years earlier the Catholic Church had devised its own movie code, giving stricter direction and definition to its flock. Written by Daniel Lord and staunch Catholic publisher Martin Quigley (who put out the important industry trade paper The Motion Picture Herald), it was an 18-page document that, among other things, directed that: "Excessive and lustful kissing, lustful embraces, suggestive postures and gestures, are not to be shown . . . In general passion should also be so treated that these scenes do not stimulate the lower and baser element . . . Obscenity in word, gesture, reference, song, joke, or by suggestion (even when likely to be understood only by part of the audience) is forbidden."
• • When this document came to the attention of Will Hays he said, "My eyes nearly popped out. This was the very thing I had been looking for."
• • suggestive postures and gestures • • . . .
• • This was Part 30.  Part 31 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Tuesday, 14 February 1933 • •
• • Variety's reporter "Bige" wrote an article on "She Done Him Wrong." The magazine ran it on pages 12 and 21 in their issue dated for Tuesday, 14 February 1933.
• • On Friday, 14 February 1964 • •
• • The publication was the Watertown Daily Times and the issue was dated for Friday, 14 February 1964. The bold headline (on page 5) was: Mae West Lures "Mr. Ed" To Equine Dream House.
• • "I've vamped a lot of males in my time," purred the 72-year-old veteran of stage, screen, and night clubs, "but this is the first time they've asked me to charm a horse!"
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West loved to work with black musicians and to sing their music.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I may be a bad woman but I'm a good actress."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety mentioned Mae West.
• • Variety's reporter "Bige" wrote: Mae West in pictures should stand out as she did in legit — —  as a distinct personality ...
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 14 February 1933
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3639th
blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a
magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material
focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1932

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